District childcare workers are heading back to school

– The District intends to address its academic achievement gap between low-income and middle-class children. One method is a recent regulation that requires childcare workers to get a college degree. Some say this will be a strain on the workers who may not be able to afford school. (WaPo, 3/31)

The new credential requirements in the District follow a 2015 report by the National Academies that says the child-care workforce has not kept pace with the science of child development and early learning…the report urges policymakers to use caution when increasing minimum credentials, to avoid unintended consequences, including workforce shortages, reduced diversity in the profession and pressure on out-of-pocket costs for families.

The District set the minimum credential for lead teachers as an associate degree, rather than a bachelor’s, because of such challenges, Elizabeth Groginsky [assistant superintendent of early learning in the District] said. The deadline to earn the degree is December 2020. New regulations also call for child-care center directors to earn a bachelor’s degree and for home care providers and assistant teachers to earn a CDA.

– Georgetown and George Washington Universities File Brief Opposing Travel Ban (Washingtonian, 3/31)

Maryland Community Health Resources Commission has awarded $4.1 million in funds to expand health care access in the state. (Baltimore Sun, 3/31)

– Virginia’s Medicaid program has a new substance use disorder benefit. (Richmond Times-Dispatch, 3/31)

RACEGirls Go Missing, and Washington’s Racial Divide Yawns Wider (NYT, 3/31)

IMMIGRATION | Advocates are pushing for governments to provide legal aid for immigrants who are facing deportation and cannot afford a lawyer. (WaPo, 4/2)

FOODHow Fast Food Cornered the Urban Market (Citylab, 3/31)

A guide for Nationals opening day….

– Kendra